Ako Whakaruruhau – Implementing and Evaluating Good Practice for Māori Trade Training
About the Project
This project implemented the model Te Ako Tiketike - Māori as Successful Workplace Learners  into a Hawkins Construction’s apprenticeships support scheme and the He Toki ki te Mahi Group Training Scheme.
The project focused on learning pathways to bring about an organisational focus on Māori apprenticeship success. The project analysed apprentice support practices for Māori in apprentices, implemented Te Ako Tiketike and evaluated the experiences and outcomes for apprentices.
The team provided systems support and guidelines for Hawkins Construction; employers and subcontractors, to work successfully with Māori apprentices, and to demonstrate how the model works as a comprehensive organisational framework within the Group Training Scheme.
The overarching aim of the project is to support Māori apprentices in the work place by implementing both evidence driven best practice principles and by utilising impact evaluation position within a kaupapa Māori methodology. Te Ako Tiketike is primarily an evidence based theory model.
This project aim articulated what this means in practice, what mechanisms, systems, and structures are required to implement this model.
The core vision parallels the central premise of this kaupapa; to increase the culturally responsive practice with New Zealand industry organisations in order to increase Māori learner success and aspirations for leadership.
In order to support continued change on-site/in the work place, the project team developed a set of resources designed to support the development of a positive learning environment for Māori apprentices. The team looked at integrating knowledge of mentoring and learning, as well as raising awareness about the importance of cultural knowledge on site.
These resources – tool box talk cards, posters – are available for download below, and the presentations are listed at the bottom of this page.
The project’s report presents a number of key findings and recommendations for companies supporting Māori apprentices.
|Being a great leader and supervisor toolbox card
|Town hall toolbox card
- Sub-contractor variability adds complexity to the implementation of support initiatives.
- Raising awareness in the sector brought about a demand for new learning.
- Stereotyping and deficit attitudes about Māori were evident and embedded.
- High staff turnover and change impacts on relationships – the provision for the mentor needs to be ongoing but not always on site.
- The ability to recognise and respond to cultural difference needs to be a part of the culture of the organisation.
- Where possible, placing Māori apprentices to work together is best.
- Providing apprentices with leadership opportunities positively impacts their performance.
Recommendations for companies supporting Māori apprentices
- Your company’s leadership must be strong and committed to supporting and enhancing diversity and organisational change.
- The culture of your organisation needs to be open to supporting change.
- Connections with iwi and mana whenua will strengthen your initiatives with your Māori apprentices.
- Your businesses need to be prepared to address deficit attitudes.
- Creating a project culture can support positive learning practices and workplace relationships.
- Supportive mentoring relationships work.
- Dr Catherine Savage, Ihi Research
- Nancy McConnell, Hawkins Construction
- Laura Clifford, Hawkins Construction
- Eruera Tarena, Te Tapuae o Rehua
- Kym Kamilton, Te Tapuae o Rehua
- Hemi Inia, Te Tapuae o Rehua
- Mathias Pitama, Te Tapuae o Rehua
- Andrew Confait, Hawkins Constructions
- Porsha London, Te Tapuae o Rehua
- Savage, C. (2016). Supporting Māori Apprenticeship Success Through Mentoring And Building Employer Capability. Ako Aotearoa: Wellington.
- Ako Whakaruruhau Tuakana mentor book
- Ako Whakaruruhau Māori mentoring, Mentor Workbook
- Being a great leader (A3 poster)
- Toolbox card: Being a great leader and supervisor (A5 handout)
- Toolbox card: Coaching and mentoring ‘Getting the best effort from the people you work with’ (A5 handout)
- Toolbox card: Giving a great toolbox talk (A5 handout)
- Toolbox card: Leave the land undisturbed ‘Be a guardian of the land and leave no footprints’ (A5 handout)
- Toolbox card: Sacred places (A5 handout)
- Toolbox card: The importance of the land (A5 handout)
- Toolbox card: The town hall ‘from market place to living room’ (A5 handout)
- Savage, C. and Pitama, M. (2016). Ako Whakaruruhau. Presentation at Tuia Te Ako Conference, Auckland.
- London, P. Inia, H. and McConnell, N. (2015) Ako Whakaruruhau: Implementing and Evaluating Good Practice for Māori Trade Training. Presentation at Tuia Te Ako Conference, Lincoln.
- Savage, C. (2015). He Toki ki te Mahi. Presentation at Te Ara Whakamana / Transitions and Pathways Conference, Wellington.
- Savage, C. and London, P. (July 2014). He toki ki te mahi: Implementing and evaluating good practice for Māori trade training. Presentation at the Ako Aotearoa / Teaching and Learning Research Initiative Tertiary Research in Progress Colloquium IV, Wellington. (9.81Mb PPTX)
- Ako Aotearoa $150,000 (excl. GST)
- Te Tapuae o Rehua $150,000 (excl. GST)
 Kerehoma, C., Connor, J., Garrow, L., & Young, C. (2013). Māori learners in workplace settings. Ako Aotearoa: Wellington.
The report from this project is published under the Creative Commons 3.0 New Zealand Attribution Non-commercial Share Alike Licence (BY-NC-SA). Under this licence you are free to copy, distribute, display and perform the work as well as to remix, tweak, and build upon this work non-commercially, as long as you credit the author/s and license your new creations under the identical terms.